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. >> did mitt romney's post debate victory hit a speed bump with the unemployment rate? we'll break down what the numbers mean. this is special report. good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama is hailing the jobs report, showing a drop from 8.1% to 7.8, as a sign the country has come too far to turn back now. his republican challenger says the new numbers are not the sign of a true recovery, in fact, he says they're telling a far different story. the government's household survey says that 873,000 people entered the work force. but the employer survey found 114,000 new jobs created, 10,000 of those in government. so, the difference, about 760,000 are apparently not full-time stable jobs, what's known as the real unemployment mark, the unemployed and those too discouraged to look for work remains unchanged at 14.7%. white house correspondent wendell goler begins our coverage of the report and the spin. >> two days after a disappointing debate with mitt romney, president obama looked on the bright side of a merely modest jobs report for september. >> this morning, we found out that th
today as the day the president got elected our unemployment rate to be around 11%. >> romney's plan says it will create new jobs, instead of part-time, helping to get it under 8% before the election. i'll help create 12 million new jobs and rising take home pay. >> romney's debate performance intersecting polls, and rasmussen shows romney inching ahead in virginia and ohio albeit within the margin of error and the daily tracking poll has the president up 5 points. romney met privately with laid off miners and blasted the president for waging war with workers, and romney that's an is crucial section of energy independence. >> i think we should put the americans back to work and it's energy abundant and cheap and burned in a clean way. >> and romney with fireworks and country car trace adkins that the president's trillion dollar stimulus would get unemployment lower than it is. >> he said right now we would be at 5.4% unemployment. >> romney pounded joe biden for stating the administration' goal on a trillion dollar tax hike on those making more than 200,000 a year or family 250,000. >> pe
force today as when the president was elected, unemployment would be 11%. >> romney says his plan creates long term jobs rather than part time work to get the unemployment under 8%, 32 days before the election. >> i will help create 12 million new jobs and rising take home pay. romney's debate performance is rising in polls inches ahead in ohio and virginia be it within the poll's margin of era. the tracking poll has the president up five points. in virginia, he met with miners blasting the president for waging war on the coal industry and the workers. >> i believe we should take advantage of it, put workers back to work, and use the resource that's abun adapt, cheap, and to be burned in a clean way. >> riding high, romney reminded a rally last night with fireworks and trace adkins that the president promised his stimulus gets unemployment lower than it is. >> he said right now, we would be at 5.4 #% unemployment. >> romney pounded biden for stating the administration's goal yesterday of a trillion dollar tax hike on those earning more than 200,000 or $250,000. >> they have been s
to say? well, here's my statement. what is the reason for mitt romney's campaign? the unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly four years. that's not a real recovery? when president obama took office, we were bleeding private sector jobs. now we've added them for 30 straight months. that's more than 4 1/2 million jobs. mitt romney is just dancing as fast as he can to deny the truth. well, keep on dancing. denying the truth is just the new normal for this right wing nut gop. the president's birth certificate not real. poll numbers that show the president ahead, not real. and today these geniuses came up with a new fantasy. ready for this? they say the president is cooking the books. romney backer and former ge chairman jack welch kicked off the conspiracy tweeting, quote, unbelievable job numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate so change numbers. and laura igraham says, job numbers from labor secretary hilda solis are total pro obama. congressman allen west challenged the numbers, quote, chicago style politics is at work here. and, of course, rush limbaugh to
. but it's absolutely demolishes a favorite romney talking point. >> three years later, unemployment is still above 8%. >> we've gone 41 months with unemployment above 8%. >> we've had 42 straight months with unemployment above 8%. >> still 8% with over 43 straight months. >> today, that talking point disintegrated and president obama has a strong record to campaign on. >> this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest level since i took office. but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> now, governor romney issued a statement today saying, quote, this is not what a real recovery looks like. really? that's what he has to say? well, here's my statement. what is the reason for mitt romney's campaign? the unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly four years. that's not a real recovery? when president obama took office, we were bleeding private sector jobs. now we've added them for 30 straight months. that's more
office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political points is exactly what mitt romney was going for while talking to voters in virginia. >> this president calls his policies going forward. i call his policies forewarned. >> reporter: romney said the unemployment rate fell because people gave up. >> when i'm president of the united states, that, that unemployment ra
, failing to get it below 8%. >> unemployment above 8%. >> reporter: today without the benchmark romney found areas to fault the opponent. >> the unemployment rate has come down very, very slowly. the reason it has come down is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have stopped looking for work. >> reporter: also if elected, mitt romney is promising to add 12 million jobs. by the way, the next jobs report comes out the friday before election day. >> all right. tory dunnan, our soldier on the campaign trail. the presidential race just weeks away. >>> arlington, texas. >> we want to head back out to federal hill. people seem more excited, more nervous, a lot of nail biting. >> tell everybody how nervous i am. >> listen. it gives it a texas feeling, doesn't it? it's great. everybody is waiting for this experience. we're living it. everybody that you talked to, there's one thing on their mind, the orioles. >> that's absolutely correct. >> it's incredibly anxious friday. everybody is walking around waiting for 8:37. everybody knows exactly when the first pitch is. 8:37. we're o
.8%. " romney says the unemployment rate is own pinding work - but pprmarily because so many have stopped looking for nee job altogether. rrmney says: " if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the ay the president got elected, why our unemployment rate would e pround 11%. that's the real realitt of important to note that a e." - number of ompanies were only &ppdding part time work.engler &preluctancc to commit to full-time mpllyment until a says: new post-debaae poll tightening in some key swing states. rasmussen says romney's got a one point lead has a one point edge n the battleground of ohho. in washington, jd, fn. 3 if youuwant to seeecomplete coverage from the campaign trail, head to our webiste, fox baltimore dot com and under hot topics. former ... vice prrsident... al gore ... offers.../ his... own explanation... for... president obama's... debate performance... wednesday...// the... altitude. gore,.../ &pa... former presidentiaa cannidate... himself.../...participated.... post-debate discussion... on his... current t-v chann
-elected with unemployment above 8 percent. the president said the economy is moving forward and suggested governor romney's policies would spark another financial disaster. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen and i won't allow it. >>trace: governor romney downplayed the new jobs numbers. he wrote in a statement and i quote, "this is not what a real recovery looks like. we created fewer new jobs in september than in august and fewer jobs in august than in july. we have lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since president obama took office. if not for all the people who have dropped out of the labor first, the real unemployment rate would be closer to 11 percent. we have john roberts following the campaign with governor romney but wendell is covering the president's campaign from cleveland. the numbers could help the president at a very crucial time. >>reporter: they could. the 114,000 jobs created last month was a modest increase but the drop in the unemployment rate came from a different survey, something called a
that his policies are working. for mitt romney the unemployment rate at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia a a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's job's report. >> more people entered the worc
the president in cleveland. governor romney says the 7.8 percent unemployment rate does not tell the whole story. here is what the g.o.p. nominee told supporters in virginia today. >> the reason it has come down this year is primarily because of the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. if the same share participated in the workforce today, as the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11 percent. >>trace: he is stopping in two battleground states. now he is on the way to florida after 9 rally in virginia. we continue with john roberts live in st. petersburg, florida. governor romney says if he is elected americans will see and i quote, "a real recovery." >>reporter: that is a message that is very important here in this part of florida. president obama won this county where i am and a neighboring county in tampa in 2008. they were split in 2004 between george bush and john kerry. romney took aim at the unemployment figures today saying that while the numbers may look good on the surface, fewer jobs were created in the month of september
, mitt romney says there is a reason unemployment sits at 7.8%. >> the reason it's come down is due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. and if you drop out of the work force, if you give up and say look, i can't go back to work, i'm going to stay home. if you drop out all together, you aren't part of the employment statistics. >> president obama spent part of his day in virginia as well and speaking at a rally in george mason in fairfax. >> i'm surae chin on the campaign trail at george mason university in fairfax, virginia, where the president spoke. the first speaking event in virginia since the debate. >> more americans entered the work force. more people are getting jobs. >> it was his first talk in the battleground state of virginia since his performance at wednesday night's debate. >> in if anything, it would be positive job numbers and that's what he honed in on. >> it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> in a room full of supporters, a setting is more comfortable with. >> fired up the crowd. >> th
unemployment has surprised most analysts. both barack obama and mitt romney were quick to seize on the numbers. here is our north america editor. >> snow in downtown denver slow down the rush hour, that millions of americans have no need form morning haste -- no need for morning haze. how to create more jobs has been central for this election. unemployment rose after barack obama became president, peaking at just over 10%. today's figure is the first time it has been under 8% for 44 months. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. [applause] >> the good news comes at the end of a bad week for the president where he was widely derided for a lackluster debate performance. now some feel he is back. >> we have made to much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i cannot allow that to happen. i will not allow that to happen. that is why i am running for a second term as president of the united states. >> blaming unemployment on the president has been central to the case of republicans. >> unde
: for months now, central to mitt romney's stump speech, his lacer focus on unemployment above 8%. >> 40 straight months. not been below 8% for 41. 42. 43 straight months with unemployment. >> reporter: and just as romney travels to florida this weekend, a message from florida's republican governor before romney arrived. the governor tweeting about huge economic gains there. tampa, st. pete, clearwater and miami area experienced largest unemployment rate declines in the country. a tricky balance for the country, arking voters change course amid an improving picture. romney emphatic it is not going quickly enough. >> the reason it's come down this year primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: but economists say in this jobs report, that's not entirely the case. some have dropped out, but there's been a surge in the number of baby boomers retiring. and there was more hiring in recent months than first thought. and romney working to win over voters who are out of work. now offering this about those comments he made about the 47%. t
. >> reporter: campaigning in virginia, gop white house hopeful mitt romney dismissed the unemployment rate falling below 8%. >> the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: economists say unemployment fell in part because more people have landed part-time work. that's what keenan han does. >> if i can get six months ahead, i can go back to montana. >> reporter: there is one more jobs report before election day. tara mergener, cbs news, the white house. >>> a moraga teen's quest to become an eagle scout is over since he told family, friends and a boy scouts counselor that he is gay. ryan is a high school senior who completed his final project just last month. it was an anti-bullying wall he helped kids create at his old middle school in moraga but his troop won't sign off on his eagle badge. >> this was an opportunity for our students to participate in the making of a permanent mural that would promote that idea of tolerance and acceptance for all our students. each tile has a different message ab
. the unemployment rate is now under 8% and governor romney your policies are the ones that will end up creating a worse economic climate, a worse jobs crisis because we know that. it already happened before. so that's what i think it does. it provides the president a really strong contrast. >> susan, mitt romney ate his spinach for that debate. peggy noonan who has been riding the campaign trail of mitt romney and what he's been doing it pretty hard in her editorials. noonan writing now the real romney is the one who can communicate. he's straight and direct and not fancy. forgivably jargony but worried about america and sin veer. that's the romney who showed up for the debate. stay that guy. can he say that guy? especially now he has to talk about the under 8% unemployment rate. >> i have been saying for months the unemployment number is going to be huge. the difference is now my democratic colleagues are agreeing, this it's important because it's now trending the other way. what mitt romney can do is talk to those 5 million people who have been permanently unemployed for over six months. ther
and a half years. republican presidential candidate mitt romney is also campaigning in virginia and says the drop in the unemployment rate is insignificant and not a sign of what he calls real economic recovery. romney says the president really made the economy worse according to governor romney, the numbers are deceptive in part because some people have quit looking for work. >> the truth is if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> romney is backtracking on controversial remarks dismissing 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. in an interview last night on fox news he said the comments were "just completely wrong." firefighters quickly knocked out a brush fire in a homeless area today. it started about 8:30 just a few blocks north east of the 880/101 split. firefighters kept it from spending beyond the homeless incampment. >>> -- america's cup races are this weekend along with a lot more. all those crowds mea
tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: mitt romney say the drop this the unemployment rate is quote not what a recovery looks like. >> oh. >> stephanie: so maybe going up would be -- hum. he responded to the jobs report by arguing that obama has failed -- okay. >> i -- >> stephanie: did i say that they are just going to go no, that's not good. >> yeah. >> and fox news is already running with obama is just manipulating the numbers. >> right. >> and i wrote back to jack welsh, and i said sir, if you are going to put that out there, you better have proof, or america will call you a liar. i haven't hear back. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: dave in illinois, hi, dave. >> okay. all right. [♪ "jeopardy" theme music ♪] >> why don't we do wright wright. >> stephanie: okay. why not. gretchen carlson. >> the president argued for quote a new patriotism. that means to me a couple of things, if you don't agree with the president you are not a patriot, and is that another way of talking about class war fair. >> and number three am i an idiot? >> why is she inserting her opinion into as
recovery. >> increase in unemployment rate could add momentum to mitt romney's campaign to unseat president obama. he goes as far as saying he was completely wrong, his quote, when he commented to wealthy donors about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he told fox news his life has shown that he cares about 100% of americans. more in about 15 minutes. >>> this morning the woman charged with ditching her daughter after a botched shoplifting attempt is sitting in santa clara jail this is marcy keelin's mugshot. cameras were rolling when she stepped out of a list car in san jose yesterday after being extradited from nevada where she had been hiding. investigators say she sped off leaving her 10-year-old behind after workers at a safeway store in morgan hill spotted them stealing. she faces burglary and child endangerment charges. >>> is if expected to be over -- san francisco has several major events taking place, police will be patrolling all over they. they say you can take precautions against becoming a victim. ama daetz has more. >> reporter: san francisco is teaming
are having tough times. >> okay. but give mr. romney credit because he actually admits the unemployment rate did come down. unlike prominent conservative jack welch who tweeted this morning, unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change numbers. okay. tuesday he was a ruthless race baiter. yesterday he was a feckless delivery boy. today he's don corleone, and there's more where that came from. congressman west, take it away. >> you are alleging specifically that the president is engaging in a cover-up of the data. you are saying that the administration is actively manipulating that data, correct? >> well, absolutely. >> good news is all this conspiracy may open up even more jobs. demand for the manufacture and sale of tin foil is increasing as we speak. essential material for all those tin hats. here in new york jonathan alter, a columnist for bloomberg view and democratic strategist julian epstein and john harwood, chief washington correspondent and political writer for "the new york times." julian, so, the bureau of labor statistics is now to be lu
people out of work. melissa: republican presidential candidate mitt romney on the attack, unemployment is too high and more government just is not the answer. supporters on both sides agree romney crushed in the debate but will it add up to votes? karl rove here to break it down. >>> money tonight, gas shortage in california. prices skyrocket. stations close. will it spread across the country? we have details. >>> i'm getting serious about the saving the post office. i'm the turnaround specialist who can avoid a $11 billion default. i'm offering my services to the postmaster general. he is here in a fox business exclusive. even when they say it's not you know it is always about money. melissa: first let's take a look at the market headlines. all three major indices close in the green. all 10 sectors in the s&p finished on the plus side for a fourth straight day of gains. cisco names new number two. gary moore named president and chief operating officer. ceo john chambers says he will stay in his position between two and four more years. jobless claims rose slightly this week, climbing
forewarned. >> reporter: romney said the unemployment rate fell because people gave up. >> when i'm president of the united states -- that, that unemployment rate is going to come down, not because people are giving up and dropping out of the workforce, but because we're creating more jobs. >> reporter: on social media, some conservatives accuse the obama administration of doctoring the jobs number. former general electric ceo jack welch wrote "unbelievable job numbers. the chicago guys will do anything. can't debate, so change the numbers. >> it's ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: secretary of labor denies any political motivations a saying the numbers are real. while romney launches tv ad as promising to do better than president obama. >> i have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> reporter: obama is celebrating this report. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: a benchmark, he says, proves america is on the right track. economists say the number of new jobs being created is not enough to significantly lower the unemployment rate.
.2 million new jobs over the past two and a half years. this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has >> campaigning in virginia coal country, mitt romney tried to dig through the latest jobs numbers to make the case president obama has not hit pay dirt just yet. >> there are fewer new jobs created this month than last month. and the unemployment rate as you noted this year has come down very, very slowly, but it's come down nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: still, one of reen's key metrics on the president's handling of the economy went up in smoke when the nation's unemployment rate dipped below 8%. >> 8% unemployment for over, how many, 43 months? we still have unemployment above 8%. he told us he'd get us back to work. unemployment above 8% month after month after month. >> reporter: it's a political bar romney has repeatedly accused the president to clear for months. repeated in his closing statement at the first presidential debate. >> we've had 43 straight
-- the new term is unemployment bertherism. this is not helping, is it? mitt romney, anybody denying saying the department labor infiltrated -- jack welch, put a fork in him. that guy is done. not that it'd get through his old leathery skin. >> for the record, 7.8% was the unemployment rate when he took office. >> no, it's never been, has it? >> but here's the problem, congressman, when he put his hand on that bible on that very cold day, we were losing 700,000, 800,000 jobs a month. right now for republicans to talk down sort of what we've been doing -- >> unemployment rate is the same. he has not brought it down. >> we are in the midst of a great depression, congressman. can't pretend that didn't happen. >> unemployment rates should not have a party label. as americans we should all be celebrating that the unemployment rate has gone down for you. >> good for you. >> if this is going to restore consumer confidence, going to lead us into a better quota next year, good for this country. we can all deal with this past november 6th. but right now i'm celebrating. period. >> it isn't anywhere w
>> pelley: tonight, he's waited his entire presidency to say this: . >> the unemployment rate has fall on the its lowest level since i took office. >> pelley: it finally drops below 8%. mitt romney says "not good enough." >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month. >> pelley: reports from anthony mason, nancy cordes and jan crawford. sharyl attkisson looks into reports that the state department denied repeated requests for more security before the deadly attack on u.s. diplomats in libya. meningitis spreads to a seventh state. dr. jon lapook looks at what went wrong. and steve hartman "on the road" in search of a pumped-up pumpkin. >> we have a monster pumpkin coming. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening, the dreadful string is broken. for the first time in 44 months the unemployment rate has fallen below 8%. the latest jobs numbers from the labor department were surprisingly strong. they show the unemployment rate was 7.8% in september. that is down three tenths of a point from august. the econo
%. >> peter, when romney was governor of massachusetts, the unemployment rate went down because a lot of people left the state. is he fair to make this point now? >> i think it is fair to say that the unemployment rate has come down simply over the course of this recovery and the bahama presidency because fewer people looked for work. if the same number of people were looking for work today as when mr. obama became president, that number is consistent with my computations. it's important to recognize that this month the household survey for which unemployment rate is computed as opposed to the jobs count and enterprises indicated that about 800,000 people found jobs. that's about 6% increase in the number of people employed, which is an absurd number. no one can believe we have a 135% annual growth rate in employment with the economy growing so slowly. what it appears is a lot of folks out of work have established home-based businesses and they're working on some kind of part-time basis. a reporter that lost his job working as a stringer or something. i don't view the 7.8% as encourag
jobs in this country. >> when asked which candidate would best handle unemployment, romney topped the president 51- 45% in a cnn/orc poll taken before wednesday's debate and before the morning's numbers were released. >>> while the jobless rate is falling, prices at the pump are rising. and while were you sleeping, gas prices went up 16 cents a gallon in the bay area. >> it's scary. 68 bucks to fill up my honda and anne makovec in cupertino now with what's causing the big bump at the pump. anne. >> reporter: frank, i would not recommend you fill up your tank here at the 76 station in cupertino. you can see the price for a gallon of regular unleaded just a tenth of a cent below 5.40 a gallon. these are the highest prices that we have ever recorded on this date here in the bay area. prices have risen 16 cents a gallon since yesterday and that's after a big jump earlier this week. the spike is being blamed on refinery and pipeline problems in northern and southern california including that chevron refinery fire in richmond this summer. >> the pani
since he took office, the unemployment rate fell below 8%. but his challenger, mitt romney, had a different take on the figures. he says they are actually a sign that things are getting worse. >> the unemployment rate, as you noted this year, has come down very slowly, but it has come down on the less. reason it has come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. we have made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> the two candidates have made radically different proposals on the way the u.s. economy should develop. it is not yet clear what effect the new employment numbers will have on the race for the white house. >> let's turn to the markets now and take a closer look at some market numbers. the dax ended the day 1.25% up. the euro stoxx 50 closed almost 2%. the dow jones currently going up
. the labor department september jobs report shows the economy added 114,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate dropped significantly to 7.8% from 8.1% in august. 245 is a sur -- that is a surprise because economists were expecting it to tick up. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today. this will give him something to crow about today. it's the first time unemployment has been below 8% since he took office. the romney campaign will likely say it's not enough. some republicans are tweeting this morning the administration must be fudging the number. we are reaching out to both campaigns for reaction this morning. reporting live from washington, d.c. alison burns. >>> time now 6:15. the u.s. secret service has new policies in place now after the most embarrassing scandal in the secret service history. the new policy would ban excessive drinking and sharing of work related information on sites including facebook. all of this comes five months after more than a dozen secret service employees were accused of drunken partying with prostitutes. >>> morgan hill woman a
romney continue to target swing states today as the latest unemployment figures are set to be released in about an hour. president obama will visit virginia, then ohio. democrats are regrouping following wednesday's disappointing debate. president obama accused republican challenger of mitt romney of being dishonest. >>> mitt romney will also be campaigning in virginia today. he's holding a coal country rally just days after accusing the obama administration of crushing the coal industry. meantime romney is clarifying his controversial 47% comments. now he says he was completely wrong when he said half of americans are victims independent on the government. now both mitt romney and president obama will be keeping a close eye on the jobless report which is due to be released in about an hour from now. 115,000 jobs were added. they say that will increase the unemployment rate to 8.2%. now that some discouraging job seekers are returning to look for jobs. >>> the film that di pickets the osama bin laden man hunt is set to debut in two days. the new film is distributed by the weinstein com
record. in mr. romney's view, if you take a look at the unemployment and account for those who have taken themselves out of job-seeking market, it's far worse than today's sub8 number. watch. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected, why our unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> and the romney campaign and experts say if you take those who are out of work, those who stop looking for work and those are ho are under employee employed, the real unemployment number as it's called is north of 14%, harris. >> harris: number subject i understand came up on the trail today is that governor romney shifted his position on what he once called his inelegant remark about the 47%. >> that was one of the things that democrats were criticizing president obama for having not brought up in the debate the other night. criticizing mr. romney for his now 5 month old remarks to a closed fundraiser surreptitiously videoed that he suggested 47% of americans who don't pay income taxes are looking for some sort of government
. but in southwest virginia, romney fired back that the report does not portray a real recovery. >> the unemployment rate, as you noted, this year has come down very, very slowly. but it's come down, nonetheless. the reason it's come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. so it looks like unemployment's getting better, but the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected, why, our unemployment rate would be around 11%. that's the real reality of what's happening out there. >> brown: in fact, total employment in september did increase, for the first time since june, by 873,000. but two-thirds of those were people who took part-time jobs when they could not find full- time work. today, some even questioned the accuracy of the data. on twitter, former general electric c.e.o. jack welch suggested the obama administration manipulated the numbers. but on cnbc, labor secretary hilda solis called that claim "ludicrous" and defended the bureau of labor statistics. >> y
captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the unemployment rate dropped below 8% for the first time since january 2009. president obama cheered the figures; mitt romney criticized the administration for not creating enough jobs. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, what do the numbers tell us about the true state of the labor market? we get an assessment. >> woodruff: then, gwen ifill reports on missouri's senate contest where the democratic incumbent has unexpectedly grabbed the lead. >> this the united states senate. mark shields an david brooks >> brown: mark shields and david brooks analyze the weeks news. >> woodruff: and ray suarez previews another political match to watch, thousands of miles south in venezuela, where long- time leader hugo chavez faces a young challenger. >> the election marks a watershed moment for the world's second largest oil producing nation. and a critical supplier of crude oil to the u.s. its number one customer. woodruff: t >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour.
would best handle unemployment, romney topped the president 51 to 45% in a cnn/orc poll taken before the debate. >>> well, that debate the president's debate performance has been widely criticized as not up to snuff. former vice president al gore speculated the colorado altitude may have been a factor. >> when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> it may be a stretch. romney was at the same altitude although he spent a little more time in denver before the debate. hm. >> hm. i know a little bit about the altitude in denver. i don't know. football players, they go and they play. >> that's right. although the raiders didn't fare too well there. >> not at all. >> all right. >>> coming up, how free birth control is affecting unplanned pregnancy. >> plus a little girl's prayers are answered. how a good samaritan helped reunite her with her puppy. >> and is it a bird, a vampire or porcupine? the strange discovery uncovered in south africa. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, from her home. ten-year-old ith her do >>> well, a little
romney is running in political news that may be blunting that momentum. the new unemployment report showing that the jobless rate has dipped below 8%, really taking away one of his key lines of attack against the president. for months, mitt romney has been saying the president failed to take the nation's unemployment rate below 8%, but at an event here in coal country in virginia, romney found a new way to crunch the numbers. here is what he had to say. >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month, and the unemployment rate, as you noted this year, has come down very, very slowly. but it has come down nonetheless. the reason it has come down this year is primarily due to the fact that more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: now for much of this weekend, romney will be campaigning across the state of florida, a state where the economic message will resonate on the state's unemployment rate has gone down in recent months, it is well above the national average. brooke? >> jim acosta for us in virginia. jim, thank you. >>> also, we have s
romney, just like the president in virginia today as well, is saying the recent unemployment keeps dropping is that more and more americans have given up, given up finding work and they're not counted as unemployed. >> i'll tell you this, when i'm president of the united states, when i'm president of the united states, that unemployment rate is going to come down not because people are giving up and dropping out of the workforce, but because we're creating more jobs. i will create jobs and get america working again. >> and, you know, we're going to talk about politics here, but before we do that, this unexpected drop of the unemployment rate deserves a much closer look. alison kosik with you at the new york stock exchange, 7.8%, what is behind the number? >> okay, brooke, the unemployment rate fell because more people said that they had jobs, that's different from the previous month when he saw the unemployment rate drop a little bit because people dropped out of the workforce, people stopped looking for work. so in september, with this jobs report that we got today, when governmen
years, the unemployment rate dipped below 8%. very good news for the white house. no president has been re- elected with unemployment above 8% since the great depression. but republican challenger mitt romney says that those numbers are not good enough. tara mergener has more now from the white house. >> reporter: john keenan is repairing bikes these days. not in montana where he owns a farm with his wife but in springfield, virginia. >> i moved back in with my parents the same house i grew up in. >> reporter: keenan left behind breathtaking vistas and his cashmere sheep because jobs are more plentiful on the east coast. >> it's been is very poor economy for a long time. it's tough to get a job. the scenery is awesome. everyone wants to move there but you can't eat the scenery. >> reporter: the latest job numbers suggest more of the same for people like keenan. 114,000 jobs were added last month. less than in august or july. but the all important employment rate fell to 7 .8%. the lowest since president obama took office. officials at the white house say there is still more work to be d
in the newsroom. thank you. >>> mitt romney responding to thjobs report and called the rate insignificant and said this is not what a real recovery looks like. the numbers are deceptive and the president's made the economy worse. >> looks like unemployment is getting better. the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce, today or on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. that is the real reality of what is happening out there. >> mitt romney is on the campaign trail tonight in florida. so how are the new job numbers impacting the race for the white house? jack burkman and democratic strategist gary nordlinger from george washington school join us. thank you for being here. >> good afternoon. >> the fact that the unemployment rate fell below 8% the first time since the president took office should give them a boost. is it enough to help erase the lackluster performance in the debate? >> i don't know if it's enough to equal out the debate. the point is that it's good news for them and for the first time since january of 2009, une
to maintain his lead in the polls and recover from a weak debate against mitt romney. danielle lee has what the numbers mean. >> reporter: the unemployment rate delivered president obama a preelection gift. the number of people without jobs fell to 7.8%, marking the first time it's been below 8% during obama's presidency. >> there's still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put back to work, but in this particular report, i'm happy to see we see a continued growth. >> reporter: employers added 114,000 jobs in september and 86,000 jobs that hadn't been accounted for in july and august. the numbers shocked analysts who predicted the rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> reporter: presint obama called the september report proof the economy is improving under his policies. >> we made too much progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. i can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney continued his argument in tv ads launching today that the recovery is too slow. >> i have a plan to create 12 millio
these new unemployment numbers as another sign of a stalled economy. governor romney expected to make comments at a rally in abington, virginia, any moment, but his campaign issued a statement that read, quote: >> reporter: there will be, jon, one more jobs report to come out before the election, that coming out on november 2nd, the friday just four days before election day. we will find out then whether two months in a row of job report makes a positive trend or not. everybody will be. watching that one, jon. jon: and the revisions down the road. doug mckelway in washington. thank you. jenna: doug just mentioned governor mitt romney on the campaign trail today. his event in virginia, we heard from the president about an hour ago. let's go ahead and take a listen to governor romney. [cheers and applause] >> mitt! mitt! mitt! mitt! >> thank you. thank you. gosh, i just spent a half hour or so with some of your fine citizens from the this area, folks who are working in this area that want to keep working in this area, a wonderful couple that has a farm that now they wonder whether they'
a criticism of the president because the unemployment rate was above 8%. you've heard mitt romney and other republicans attack the president saying that rate was above 8%. it is no longer above 8%. i think that number is important. what you may hear republicans attack the president on these numbers, as christine romans was just telling you, not enough jobs. only 114,000 jobs created. more than analysts predicted but probably not the number needed to reverse course and really kick-start this economy. we will see probably in the next few minutes reaction from the romney campaign, other republicans and i'm sure you'll hear the candidate himself, the former governor, talk about it on the trail today, carol. >> we've heard a familiar criticism. conservatives are already reacting to the 7.8% unemployment rate saying, these numbers are wrong. they're just wrong. we don't believe them. how can they be? and this has been sort of a -- it's become a familiar tactic. >> are you talking about that tweet, i guess, from jack welch, talking about maybe the obama campaign was cooking the books. i don't know
romney's signature stump speech about how long the unemployment rate has been above eight percent. >> the reason its come down this year is because more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> tom: today's report actually showed people returned to the labor force in september. it's the first time since last october the unemployment rate fell while more people entered in the workforce. >> but today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy and score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> tom: only one more monthly job report remains before election day. and with such high stakes, former general electric c.e.o. jack welch stirred up controversy with this comment on twitter, accusing president obama's re-election campaign of essentially manipulating the report. - quote - unbelievable jobs numbers...these chicago guys will do anything..-end quote. the bureau of labor statistics is where the data comes from each month. it is a non-partisan government agency. meantime, the government red ink
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